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Extracting ransoms and holding coats: The week in quotes
“Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself.”

IT WAS A week when political parties and group scrambled to use up their last few days of campaigning before Friday’s referendum.

The US government suffered its first shutdown in 17 years and the Mail on Sunday was embroiled in controversy over comments about UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s father.

All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:

Extracting ransoms and holding coats: The week in quotes
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    "Unfortunately I have been placed in a position by the Leadership of the Party that has led me to this decision." - Peter Matthews on his resignation from Fine Gael. He was expelled from the parliamentary party in July over his vote against the abortion bill.Source: Eleanor Keegan/Photocall Ireland
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    "I would further like to apologise to members of the family and friends attending the service for this deplorable intrusion. I have already spoken personally to Ed Miliband and expressed my regret that such a terrible lapse of judgment should have taken place." - The 'unreserved' apology of Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig to UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband after his paper sent an uninvited reporter to a family memorial service of Miliband's uncle.Source: Jane Mingay/PA Images
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    "I said a hip hop, hippie to the hippie, the hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it to the bang bang boogie, say, up jump the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat." - Former RTÉ newscaster Anne Doyle displayed her rapping skills on TV3's Late Lunch Live.Source: Screengrab via TV3 Ireland/YouTube
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    "When other countries abolished their second houses, it was accompanied by stronger regional assemblies and constitutional change. What is happening on Friday is unique in Western Democracy. We are being asked to vote on a change without any constitutional protection." - Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin called for a No Vote in Friday's referendum on Seanad abolition.Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
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    "The principals on which the Seanad was founded was it would engage and be representative of particular sectors in Irish civil society, and that never happened, because it was hijacked by the party political process." - Taoiseach Enda Kenny argues for the abolition of the Seanad.Source: Nicky Ryan/
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    “I am saying: ‘cum spiro, spero’. Like our good friends the Romans used to say: ‘where’s there’s life, there’s hope’ and we’ll keep working until the last minute to make it happen." - Minister for Health James Reilly incorrectly quotes Latin verse during a Morning Ireland interview on health budget overruns. He probably meant ‘dum spiro, spero’ which translates from Latin as ‘while I breathe, I hope’.Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
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    “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway." - A frustrated US President Barack Obama addresses the United States in a televised statement following the government shutdown.Source: Charles Dharapak/PA Images
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    “I’ve heard fellas asking people to ‘hold my coat’ in the past and they haven’t hit anyone. So I think that’s a hypothetical question." - Minister Phil Hogan dismissing suggestions that senators may attempt to obstruct government legislation over the next two years if the Seanad is abolished.Source: Cathal McNaughton/PA Images
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    "Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself. Your body is for you and your boyfriend. It isn’t for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with." - Sinead O'Connor appealed to Miley Cyrus in an open letter to be careful of her rising stardom.Source: Darren Kinsella/Photocall Ireland
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    “You literally dream of that from when you’re a kid, going up to the Hill after scoring a goal... It really is the stuff of dreams since you’re five or six and pick up a hurley." - Clare hurler Shane O'Donnell, who was named Man of the Match after his country's win in the All-Ireland hurling final replay.Source: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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